The Family Research Council will host Rev. Richard Owen Roberts (see bio below) as our special guest speaker in our Lunchtime Lecture Series at FRC Headquarters. He will address the ever growing cry, "Something must be done!" Following his message, Rev. Roberts will be available for questions and discussion. Attendees will enjoy a complimentary buffet lunch. Rev. Roberts believes that despite the spiritual confusion and even judgments of God we see around us, it is not too late for America. But our problems are, at their root, spiritual, and to be resolved they must be addressed at the root.
Rev. Richard Owen Roberts, a former pastor, modestly describes himself as an "Itinerant Minister, Bookseller and Publisher." But to hungry Christians across America Rev. Roberts as a champion for true Revival and Awakening in our day.
Rev. Roberts is founder of International Awakening Ministries, now the R.O. Roberts Trust. He studied at Gordon, Whitworth and Fuller Theological Seminary, and pastored in Idaho, Oregon, Washington and California. Since 1975, he, his wife, Margaret and their family have lived in the Chicago area, near Wheaton College. His private collection of 9,000 plus books on revivals and awakenings, serves as the nucleus of Wheaton's Billy Graham Center Library. Roberts has written many much on these topics.
In the early 90's, Rev. Roberts writings on Biblical Solemn Assembly stirred believers who were concerned for the condition of their churches and the moral and spiritual direction of our nation. This biblical practice is means whereby families, churches and nations can return to God; put away the sins of the past; and embark upon a new start. The great state-wide days of prayer practiced in the colonies and in the states during the first century of the Republic; the days of "humiliation, fasting and prayer" called by the several Continental Congresses, the nationwide call to prayer by President Abraham Lincoln amid the Civil War, were taken from the Biblical concept of Solemn Assembly. The National Day of Prayer, too, is derived from the practice.
Several large protestant denominations, most notably the Southern Baptists, the Assemblies of God and the Church of God (TN) having learned from Roberts' work and held historic solemn assemblies during the decade of the nineties. Many other churches and groups across the nation have similarly sought to learn from this biblical pattern (find out more about Biblical Solemn Assembly HERE; find out more about Rev. Roberts' Ministry at www.rortrust.org).